Spending a week crammed in a small house in East Austin with eight other people may not be an ideal Spring Break for most UT students. And yet, this was the choice of social work undergraduates Cassandara Najera, Sarah Hudson, and Renee Palma. This spring, the three of them signed up for Alternative Breaks, a program with the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement that sends UT students to communities around the United States to learn about social justice through an immersive service experience.
Najera, Hudson, and Palma spent the break in East Austin, where they interviewed residents and made short videos documenting their views on the area’s rapid gentrification. Watch the videos.